• Open Space

    Governor Hickenlooper Visits Peaks to Plains Trail

    Governor Hickenlooper and members of his cabinet joined county officials on a tour of the 3-mile segment of the Peaks to Plains Trail in Clear Creek Canyon on Friday, September 30. This trail has been designated as one of the Governor’s 16 Priority Trail Projects in 2016 as part of the Colorado the Beautiful Initiative.

    The Governor, along with Jefferson and Clear Creek County Commissioners, rode the trail and experienced it first-hand. They also reviewed plans for future segments of the trail, including an area at the mouth of the canyon. Representatives from the Colorado Department of Transportation were present and were recognized for their partnership with the Counties while this complex project is undertaken.

    “We celebrate the culmination of hard work, dedication and ingenuity,” said Jefferson County Commissioner Libby Szabo. “And, we celebrate a partnership between Jefferson County, Clear Creek County and the Colorado Department of Transportation to build a trail for people to experience this beautiful canyon.”

    After more than two years of challenging construction in Clear Creek Canyon, Jefferson County and Clear Creek County opened this 3-mile segment of the Peaks to Plains Trail in July this year. The two organizations partnered to build a 4-mile segment of the Peaks to Plains Trail along Clear Creek and U.S. Highway 6 in Clear Creek Canyon. The final mile is currently under construction and will open in 2017. The project is aided by a $4.6 million grant from Great Outdoors Colorado, awarded in 2012.

    Visitors may enter the Peaks to Plains Trail from the Mayhem Gulch Trailhead in Clear Creek Canyon and from the Clear Creek County Oxbow Trailhead, just west of Tunnel 5. The Mayhem Gulch Trailhead will nearly double in size later this year to accommodate increased visitation associated with the Peaks to Plains Trail in Clear Creek Canyon Park and Centennial Cone Park.

    For more information contact the project team at 303-569-9972 or P2PTrail@PublicInfoTeam.com. Visit the project blog at: peaks2plains.wordpress.com

    Jeffco Open Space was founded as a land conservation organization in 1972. Our mission is to preserve open space and parkland, protect park and natural resources, and provide healthy, nature-based experiences. Funded with a one-half of one percent sales tax, our organization contributes to city and recreation district projects, has preserved more than 54,000 acres, and manages 28 regional parks and more than 230 miles of trails in Jefferson County, Colorado.

    Jefferson County Open Space Contact: Matt Robbins, Community Connections Manager
    mrobbins@jeffco.us, 303-271-5902

    Clear Creek County Open Space Contact: Martha Tableman, Open Space Coordinator, mtableman@co.clear-creek.co.us, 303-679-2305

    September 30, 2016

    Last Updated: 9-30-2016